Former San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke saw his downfall begin with the horrendous 2012 NFL Draft. But his 2013 efforts were almost as bad, and the Niners are still feeling the ramifications.
The fact we’re still talking about former San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke and his failed efforts in the 2012 NFL Draft speak measures to how hard the Niners fell from being a perennial Super Bowl contender to laughingstock in a few short years.
While 2012 rightfully earns the association of being Baalke’s worst class — and none of those players remain on San Francisco’s roster — 2013 isn’t much better.
Especially considering San Francisco came home with 11 draft picks that year.
It’s relevant now as the 2017 Niners, under current general manager John Lynch, are forced to right the mistakes made four years ago.
So why was 2013 nearly as bad as the year before? And how did the various mistakes made in that year’s NFL Draft compound the problem that eventually led to Baalke’s firing?
In this slideshow, we’ll evaluate how the 49ers’ 2013 draft class cost the team dearly when the disastrous 2015 offseason hit all the way through the present day.
We’ll consider the players selected, their respective impacts on the team and how the Niners are still paying for the mistakes today.
Let’s start by looking at the Niners draft class of that year.